Subordination of spectrum licences between Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Bell Mobility Inc. in the Personal Communication Services and Advanced Wireless Services bands

June 2018

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

1. On March 12, 2018, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received a joint application to subordinate spectrum licences between Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) and Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) within the Personal Communication Services (PCS) band and the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) band to further the current Rogers/Bell Network sharing Agreement within Manitoba.

2. The subordinate licences, which are across the province of Manitoba, are described in annex A.

3. Terms not defined in this decision have the meaning set out in Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services.

Decision

4. The subordinate licence application from Rogers and Bell described above is approved.

Rationale

5. In approving the acquisition of MTS by Bell, the Department assessed revisions to the network sharing agreements in Manitoba and all of the associated transfer and subordinate transactions against the policy objectives and criteria set out in section 5.6 of CPC 2-1-23.

6. The application to subordinate licences between Rogers and Bell is consistent with the revised Agreement and forms part of the associated subordinate licences of the previously approved transfer.

7. Approving the subordinate licence application would have no impact on the overall spectrum holdings or distribution, or on the ability of existing and future competitors to provide services.

Annex A

Spectrum licences included in the application to subordinate licences held by Bell Mobility Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010282395-003 September 1, 2019 1730 - 1735 MHz
2130 - 2135 MHz
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
010282779-003 March 12, 2019 1735 - 1740 MHz
2135 - 2140 MHz
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
010282781-003 March 12, 2019 1735 - 1740 MHz
2135 - 2140 MHz
Tier 3-040
Brandon
010282985-002 December 14, 2018 1910 - 1915 MHz
1990 - 1995 MHz
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
Spectrum licences included in the application to subordinate licences held by Rogers Communications Inc. to Bell Mobility Inc.
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010284231-001 June 19, 2031 1895 - 1900 MHz
1975 - 1980 MHz
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
010285833-001 March 31, 2031 1890 - 1895 MHz
1970 - 1975 MHz
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
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